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Frequent flyer miles donated to visit sick relatives

Frequent flyer miles donated to visit sick relatives

The Extra Mile hopes to collect frequent flyer miles from those that don’t use them so that friends and family of the terminally ill can visit their loved ones.
The organization – which is still in development – was set up by Matt Dimmer after his experience with his late father, who was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2011. Matt spent months travelling back and forth between his home in Los Angeles and a hospital in Michigan in order to spend quality time with his father before he passed. Based on the realization that not everyone has the capital to do this, the Extra Mile aims to make it easier for families to embark on emergency visits to see ill relatives. Those with frequent flyer miles who don’t need them are encouraged to donate them to the startup and they are then distributed to those who need them. The organization has partnered with charities such as The Hirshberg Foundation and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to help spread word about the system.